We operate a range of volunteer activities which everyone can join in. You do not necessarily need to be a member of our society as you can sign the attendance sheet on the day.  These include boating festivals and the St .Richard’s Festival in Droitwich.  We also work in partnership with Canal & River Trust on volunteer projects like the conservation of the Lime Kilns at Tardebigge. For more information on volunteering contact co-ordinator Bill Lambert. Please use the email link: volunteers@wbdcs.org.uk

During the course of the year, in conjunction with Canal & River Trust, we hold several work parties to carry out such tasks as clearing overgrown shrubbery, conserving the Tardebigge Lime Kilns at the New Wharf, painting signs and lock balance beams, refurbishing benches or any other tasks required. The Society has obtained ‘self supervising status’ for all of these activities. (The photo above was taken at one such work party where a local scout group came down to the Lime Kilns site to help out and learn).

St. Richard’s Canal Festival 2017 – Droitwich Spa, WR9 8LT

Our society is committed to putting this on as an annual event. We join forces with Wychavon District Council and other business partners to stage this event which takes place in Vines Park during the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Set Up: Wed April 26th, Thurs 27th, Friday 28th.
Festival days: April: Friday evening 28th then 10am-5pm Sat 29th, Sun 30th and May Mon 1st.
Take Down: Tues 2nd May.

If you are able to help on any of these dates please email Bill Lambert or phone 07815 986012.

Lime Kilns Conservation

We work in partnership with the Canal & River Trust on volunteer projects like the conservation of the Lime Kilns at Tardebigge New Wharf.  This is an historic structure which is in a fragile condition so the work will be done under the direction of the Heritage Advisor for Canal and River Trust for the next few years.

The address for Tardebigge New Wharf, on the Worcester Birmingham Canal is Alcester Road, near Bromsgrove. B60 1NF (Work Party dates are shown below).

Lime Kilns Conservation Project Future Dates:


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th.  For the weekend, we plan to seed the recently cleared ground in front of the kilns.
Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd. Hopefully, the hedgerow coppicing will be completed so we will clear the ground within the garden area for the last time.
Start time 9.30am and finish around 3.00pm.

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd.

Volunteer Work Boat ‘Wanderer’

We now have the Community Work Boat for February.  We will continue with work started last December to cut back tree branches in Tardebigge and Shortwood Tunnel area.

Dates are now confirmed with the Helmsman and are as follows:

Sat 18th, Fri 24th and Sat 25th.

We have all acknowledged that the deck at the front of the hold is slippery and hazardous so we now have non-slip paint sent for us to use. The boarding has been removed indoors to dry for a couple of days which means it can be painted.
We will continue tree cutting along the W&B around Shortwood Tunnel. It would be very helpful to know who can help.
Meet at Tardebigge New Wharf B60 1NF at 9.00am and leave at 9.30am. Work will finish between 2.30pm and 3.00pm.

We would also invite anyone who wishes to train as Helmsman as well as this is an opportunity to practice under supervision.

Volunteer Coordinator: Bill Lambert
Tel: 02476 726924
Mobile: 07815 986012
EMAIL: volunteers@wbdcs.org.uk

Tardebigge: Historic Tug Boat

This tug boat is on public display sitting in a small compound at Tardebigge New Wharf.  It represents the type of tugs used to tow boats through the tunnels.  We regularly trim the hedge and mow the grass.  This is essentially gardening type work to keep the display looking neat and tidy. We are always seeking volunteers to help out with this.

Mile Stones Project

Some members have carved mile stones out of sandstone blocks which are being placed along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.  We have a new supply of sandstone to start some new stones.  We work on this project in Droitwich Canal Basin, No 1 Hampton Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. WR9 9PA.

We welcome anyone who would like to help carve new stones.

Society Shop

The society’s own shop supports events right across the region. We are at:

 St Richard’s Canal Festival: April 29th, April 30th & May 1st.

Volunteers to help with the shop are always welcome. Email shop@wbdcs.org.uk if you would like to help out.

Lapal Canal Work Parties

The Halesowen Abbey Trust (HAT) are working on the Lapal Canal (Dudley No.2) at the Halesowen end. Much ‘scrub bashing’ clearance work has been achieved as things progress towards Manor Way. The Trust are keen to get that end of the Lapal Canal reopened so that visitors may view the abbey ruins and Leasowes Park as well as enjoying the reconnected waterway.
There is support for this venture from several interested groups including IWA, C&RT, LCT and the local Dudley Council. The work parties usually last for two or three hours.
Future Work Party Dates: Sat 18th February, Sat 18th March.

Meet at the car park off Mucklow Hill at 10am. (Subject to weather etc.)